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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 4, 2011 8:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates

If you and Rosey care, studies have been done on this...I will not bore you with lengthy explanations of these phenomena, but, I will tell you how I made a small joke once in reference to such a presentation (warning: you had to be there; it's not that funny): the speaker was discussing brain memory with respect to numbers, and it was very arcane, and yet riveting for geeks like elb, Rob, and myself. It had gone on, and on, with many an interesting factoid, when he suddenly came to his big finale, which was "...Thus, it is clear from these analyses that the human brain reaches an apex in numerical sequence retention at ~ 16 yrs of age, and that the optimal number of digits is 7", and it was so quiet that my comment "Ah, that's WHY they are always on the phone!" was overheard by most...a few seconds later, the speaker, and everyone else burst out laughing.

See? Scientists have fond memories of funny things involving numbers...

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Poster: boltman Date: Mar 5, 2011 6:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates

I have scanned the research on the Magic Number 7 - plus or minus 2, but find myself consistently coming up on the minus 3 end of the equation. I have begun consciously working on it, hoping to increase the short term memory retention to at least 5, thereby pushing off the onset of dementia!

I've been doing it with phone numbers...after this enjoyable thread, I've decided to do it with shows.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 5, 2011 8:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates

Six or more cups of coffee per day helps as well...seriously. This has been documented; I make no apologies for other health related consequences of the ingestion of this amt of caffine.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Mar 5, 2011 4:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dates

Cute :) but I'm surprised to hear it peaks at 16. I remember when my son was going into first grade one of the tests for "readiness" was being able to remember a string of seven digits. (He couldn't do it ... and I think it was in fact a good test, since he has proven to have the family mathematical impairment - my husband's the same way, none of us can add 2 and 2 and reliably get 4).

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